New York

Saving Cemeteries Here And Abroad

05/15/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Jack Goldfarb's first memories of Staszow were second-hand. As a child in Philadelphia, the son of immigrants, he heard his parents' stories, in Yiddish, about landsmen in Staszow. He heard about heroic relatives in that market town in south-central Poland who defied the Nazis during World War II and paid with their lives. He heard about the postcards with news of the mishpocha crammed in tiny Yiddish letters that would arrive several times a year, until the war started.

On Solid Ground

03/20/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Yisrael Schachter was a bystander during Operation Torah Shield, when a few hundred students from Yeshiva University and Stern College for Women flew to Israel on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War on a solidarity and learning program. "I was too young," in elementary school, he says. His father, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a rosh yeshiva at YU, and three sisters joined the mission. During Torah Shield II, during Intifada II a year ago, Schachter was a participant.

Teaching Safety First

03/13/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
In the weeks before Passover, the thoughts of many Jewish families turn to the guests they'll invite to the seders and the holiday dishes they'll shlep out of storage. Some New York Jews will think about appliance cords and electrical outlets. As part of its mandate to educate the Jewish community about fire safety, The Ahava Project will distribute Passover-related safety warnings at several local Jewish day schools prior to the first seder on April 16.

Take My Exodus, Please

03/06/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The suitcase is a fraud. It is small and leather and tattered, sky blue, and Yossi Wassa, sitting on a dark stage, hugs it to his chest. Ethiopian music plays lightly in the background, and Wassa, thin with dreadlocks and open-necked cotton shirt, begins speaking. He talks about his days as a child in a Jewish family in northern Ethiopia, his 430-mile trek by foot and donkey to Sudan, his memories of the Operation Moses airlift to Israel in 1985, his arrival at an absorption center in Netanya. But he came to the Promised Land empty handed. The suitcase is a prop.

The Title Was In The (Tea) Bag

02/25/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Add the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island thermos to the rally cap and other comeback superstitions. With the Lady Lions trailing the Waldorf School by 10 points at halftime of last week's conference championship game, Leora Gueron brought out the flagon of Lipton tea for the parents in attendance at the Portledge School in Locust Valley, L.I.

Code Orange Puts U.S. Jews On Alert

02/13/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writers
The nation's Jewish communities are on high alert this week after the Bush administration upgraded the country to "orange alert" (the second-highest warning) in response to potential terrorist attacks by al Qaeda in the United States. In New York, the Jewish Community Relations Council warned several thousand area synagogues, Jewish schools, community centers and hospitals to upgrade security for their buildings' ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems in case of a chemical or biological attack by the Islamic terrorists.

Eruv Fight Going The Distance

02/06/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The next stop for a New Jersey town's legal battle against an eruv erected by a group of Orthodox residents may be the U.S. Supreme Court. The Tenafly Borough Council voted 5-1 last week to petition the high court to hear its case against the Tenafly Eruv Association, two months after the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear the case.

Enlisting In The Bias Battle

01/23/2003 - 19:00
Staff Writer
A week after unknown assailants spray-painted swastikas on 26 cars in Marine Park under cover of night, a high-visibility community forum sponsored by the Brooklyn neighborhood's political officials (including both New York U.S. senators, Rep. Anthony Weiner, state and city representatives and the borough president's office) is taking a stand against bias. The Town Hall meeting that was to be held Thursday at the Kings Bay Y was being seen as more than a reaction to the anti-Semitic scrawlings in a neighborhood with a small Jewish population.

Shooting Hoops For Israel

12/19/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
What happens when a professional Israeli basketball team plays a pickup game against a bunch of amateurs? "Take a wild guess," says Helen Katz, executive director of the Women's International Zionist Organization of New York, which sponsored the fund-raising event last week at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice gym in Manhattan.

Comforting The Afflicted

05/06/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The Talker family faced a medical crisis and a moral dilemma last month. Kinneret Talker, 30, required surgery to remove a thyroid tumor. The operation would cost at least $6,000. "I don't have $6,000," says Chaim Talker, Kinneret's husband, a native of Israel who works in a Brooklyn electronics store. The couple, who came from Israel in 1991 and have no health insurance here, live in Midwood.Kinneret would have the surgery, Chaim decided. Maybe they would arrange to pay the bill over time. Maybe they couldn't pay at all.
Syndicate content